U of Denver S&E Law Journal: Examining MLBPA History to determine Fehr's motivation..
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11-14-2012, 11:52 AM
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I've just started reading this, and am not sure it belongs here, but here's piece written for the Denver Law journal about Fehr and his role with the NHLPA.
University of Denver Sports and Entertainment Law Journal:
TRYING HIS LUCK AT PUCK: EXAMINING THE MLBPA’S HISTORY TO DETERMINE DON FEHR’S MOTIVATION FOR AGREEING TO LEAD THE NHLPA AND PREDICTING HOW HE WILL FARE
By: Jordan I. Kobritz and Jeffrey F. Levine1
On June 22, 2009, after twenty-six years at the helm of what has been described as the world’s most powerful union for athletes,2 seminal leader Donald Fehr announced his resignation as the Executive Director of the Major League Baseball Players Association (the “MLBPA”).3 During Fehr’s time with the MLBPA, he earned both admiration and resentment for his views and actions on baseball’s labor relations. Fehr’s tenure as the MLBPA’s head decision-maker was filled with conflict and constant labor strife; thus, it was unsurprising that Fehr explained his decision to resign by simply quipping that he desired to “take it easy.”4 With a severance
package of $11 million, he certainly could have chosen to enjoy his retirement and stay out of the sports labor relations limelight.5 However, Fehr’s retirement was short lived.
Instead of enjoying retirement, Fehr found a new labor relations challenge, this one in professional hockey. Within months, Fehr was asked to assist the rudderless National Hockey League Players Association (the “NHLPA”) in revamping its constitution and finding a new Executive Director.6 The NHLPA, a union with a long history of leadership mistrust and membership infighting, desperately needed Fehr’s experience, steady hand, and guidance.
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